The Rite of Solemn Monastic Profession

There are several elements to the rite of solemn monastic profession.  The rite itself takes place at mass.  It begins following the homily and ends just before the offertory.  The abbot presides.  I’m including photos of Brother Stephen’s recent ceremony to illustrate the various elements.

Homily and Instruction

Homily and Instruction

Abbot Mark delivers the homily and instruction

Litany of the Saints

Litany

Bro. Stephen lies prostrate as the cantor sings the Litany of the Saints

Profession

Bro. Stephen reads out the solemn vow formula in the presence of Abbot Mark and the monastic community

Bro. Stephen reads out the solemn vows formula in the presence of Abbot Mark and the monastic community

Suscipe

Suscipe

“Uphold me Lord according to your promise and I shall live. Let my hope in you not be in vain.”

Brother Stephen sings the words of the Suscipe three times.  This is followed by the Abbot’s prayer of consecration.

The Cuculla

Cuculla

Abbot Mark vests Bro. Stephen in the cuculla, the sign of solemn monastic profession.

The Sign of Peace

Bro. Stephen receives the sign of peace from each member of the monastic community (pictured here is Father Benet).

Bro. Stephen receives the sign of peace from each member of the monastic community (pictured here is Father Benet).

The Eucharist

After the conclusion of the rite of solemn monastic profession, the Abbot celebrates the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

After the conclusion of the rite of solemn monastic profession, the Abbot celebrates the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

 

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